May 1 1978
Middlesborough, UK
Town Hall

Event Set List

UK Tour:
Riff Raff
Problem Child
Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
Rock 'N Roll Damnation
Dog Eat Dog
Bad Boy Boogie
Down Payment Blues
The Jack
High Voltage
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
Rocker

U.S. Tour:
Live Wire
Problem Child
Sin City
Rock 'N Roll Damnation
Bad Boy Boogie
The Jack
High Voltage
Whole Lotta Rosie
Rocker
Let There Be Rock
Dog Eat Dog

European Tour:
Live Wire
Problem Child
Sin City
Gone Shootin'
Bad Boy Boogie
High Voltage
The Jack
Whole Lotta Rosie
Rocker
Let There Be Rock

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"The gothic citadel that is Middlesbrough’s 1,200 capacity Town Hall, may, on the face of it, be an unlikely shrine for the masses to worship today’s gods of rock. Yet, it is in so many ways, also perfect. Once you strip away (mentally at least) the heavy red musty drapes covering the huge arched leaded windows and the house lights eventually dim on the polished wooden and brass facades of the crammed auditorium. You actually discover that, remarkably, this old civic building is about as perfect a big time rock n’ roll venue as it is possible to get!

The stage is of generous enough proportions to house a modern day metal show. Yet at the same time, the massed, sweating throngs are breathing quite literally down the bands necks, in the unseated stalls. Creating an atmosphere that has to be experienced to be believed. Certainly by tonight’s standards.

Similarly, outback bushwhackers – AC/DC, embarking on another lengthy UK tour, this time, in support of their recent “Powerage” masterwork, may also appear, on first glance at least, an incongruous headline metal act. Forsaking the comparative “big show trappings” of their contemporaries, such as lasers, smoke, and vast banks of lighting, the Antipodean fivesome demolished Middlesbrough on this visit with a stripped down, bare knuckle display of downright metal masterdom!

Having eagerly anticipated the tour support – “British Lions”, due in no small part, to their impassioned cover of Kim Fowley’s simply glorious anthem - “International Hero’s”, on their eponymous debut. It was a huge disappointment to discover that a throat infection striking down lead vocalist – John Fiddler had forced the former Mott and Medicine Head ensemble to withdraw from their obligations at the last minute.

However, all was forgotten as the house lights finally dimmed, allowing a denim clad and heavily tattooed – Bon Scott to strut out onto the stage leading the guitarist brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, bassist, Cliff Williams, and drummer – Phil Rudd, out to wildly extravagant applause, and straight into their show beginning with the electrifying new track - "Riff Raff" and then headlong into “Problem Child”. The sparks, they were a flying!

Scott seemed genuinely humbled by the warmth of our small town reaction. Big time “City Hall Charlie’s” take note! You know who you are! Thundering next through the awesome “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be”, “Rock N’ Roll Damnation”, and into the lengthy deranged schoolboy Angus workout – “Bad Boy Boogie”, this band was simply searing, no two ways about it.

Boasting a rhythm section tighter than Rigsby’s Wallet, they plunge right into “Whole Lotta Rosie, swiftly followed by a frankly insanely paced - “Let There Be Rock”, complete with a ten minute Angus sortie up to dizzy heights of the second level balcony, then to be mobbed back through the main hall, thanks to some wizard new American amp gadgetry, as well as the sturdy shoulders of his beaming vocalist! Where the hell was Young during the Winter Of Discontent a few years ago? He could have powered the whole bloody nation single handed on this showing!

The end came too soon and as the crashing strains of "The Rocker" resonated around our humble one hundred year old venue, the audience was left baying for another visit to Teesside. Let’s hope they make it soon! We’ve had the Ice Age, and the Stone Age. Now, welcome one and all, to the quantum electric shock, of AC/DC’s – “Powerage”!

Ram yer fingers into the socket, and just watch it light up your town!!"